The Lassiter girls proved they can win state titles in any classification.
The Lady Trojans won their second straight championship Friday in the Class AAAAAA state with 413.75 points at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center.
Defending Class AAAAAA champion Cambridge was second with 377 points. Lakeside-DeKalb was third (240), Centennial was fourth (213), and Allatoona fifth (206).
“I’m so proud,” Lassiter coach Brittany Hughes said. “We’ve worked so hard. We’ve had three great relays and some strong individual swims.”
For Lassiter, this marks the first time the Lady Trojans have won consecutive titles since winning four in a row from 2008–2011. Following a nine-year drought, the Lady Trojans won the Class AAAAAAA crown last year with a young and talented squad before moving down a classification.
Having the majority of last year’s team back was key, and it showed early in the meet. Sophomore Elizabeth Tilt prevailed in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:00.27 after coming up short in last year’s race. She edged second-place finisher, Sophie Bryson of Cambridge, by seventeen-hundredths of a second.
Tilt went on to win her second straight individual title in the 100 butterfly with a time of 54.81 with teammate Sophia Parker taking second in 56.16.
Lassiter scored major points early when Allison Brown and Frances Carson took second and fourth in the 200 freestyle with times of 1:50.82 and 1:51.33. Brown also took second in the 500 freestyle in 4:56.92 with Bridget O’Shaughnessy coming in fourth at 5:03.36.
Carson contributed by taking second in the 100 freestyle (51.84) and Elizabeth Blanco was third in the 100 backstroke in 57.31.
The Lady Trojans won both the 200 and 400 freestyle relays to seal the victory. The 200 freestyle behind Brown, Blanco, O’Shaughnessy, and Carson won in 1:37.90 and the 400 freestyle team (Brown, O’Shaughnessy, Parker, and Tilt) prevailed in 3:32.09.
Lassiter’s 200 medley (Blanco, Tilt, Parker, Carson) finished second to Cambridge, coming up short by 42 hundredths of a second, settling for 1:484.
Lassiter came away with a state champion when Adam O’Brien won the 100 butterfly with a time of 48.86. The Trojans were also fourth in the 200 medley in 1:35.96 behind O’Brien, Brendan Hausdorf, Parker Tanke, and Charlie Banks.